So yesterday’s bit of fluff that everyone was getting a little hard over was the possibility of Kieran Tierney possibly joining us from Celtic. As usual there is little other than journalistic licence on certain ‘angles’ for us to go on; he’s been watched by Arsenal for ages and since Wenger was in charge, Emery sees him as the man to kick start the club, he’ll come in and wash away the ‘malaise’ is how another one of the rags put it.
Quite something for a 22-year-old left back to be hailed as the second coming of Bergkamp, but I guess that’s the ‘silly season’ we live in.
I’ve watched him twice, both times in the Old Firm Derby and he seemed decent enough. He’s a good left back who has quickly become a mainstay at the Celtic team and with Nacho Monreal’s decline starting to show last season, as well as the general admission that Kolasinac doesn’t seemed to have worked as well as a left back as he does a left wing back, it’s a move that would make sense. If it happened I’d be inclined to see if we could get some cashola for Monreal before we look at offload Sead, despite Barca sniffing around (and let’s not forget they need to offload to get a bit more money in the coffers so would go heavy on the Arsenalesque low-balling), because I think a Kolasinac and Tierney one-two makes us stronger on the left.
We do need to look at centre halves and wide forwards though. These are the glaringly obvious positions to me but then again when you look at Arsenal in modern times, we rarely seem to do the glaringly obvious, like the time we all knew we needed a striker to see if we could ‘kick on’ in the league and we ended up getting Monreal in at left back ahead of David Villa who was available.
So Tierney – a player in which we have two first team options for, so therefore a part of the pitch that we could strengthen, but probably don’t need to as much as other positions – sounds like a very Arsenal move to do.
As always though, we have at least another week or two – until we hit July – before we’ll be doing any business, because that’s when we’ve always tended to do business when it was early. I wrote that a week or so ago that last season deals were done in July. Lacazette and Kolasinac were July signings the season before that. You have to go back to the signing of Xhaka in 2016 to see a player joining before July (he signed May 25th, in case you’re wondering) and then before that it was that disaster of a summer that saw only Cech come in.
So my gut tells me the next week and a half is going to be quiet and slow with loads more “club agrees to have brief chat with Player x before deciding if they maybe want to think about making him an offer” type stuff. Hey, we’re all used to it though so it’s all good, right?
At least we all have each other, as well as a general groundswell of distaste for our owner. An owner who is presiding over a general decline of the club; a self-imposed era of ‘Second Austerity” after we came out of the Emirates Stadium move, but this time because we have an owner who doesn’t want to speculate to accumulate. No, instead he wants to be part of an elite club attempt to snaffle more global TV rights by making the biggest European clubs a closed shop, a place where the floodgates can open and cash – not fans – can pour in.
Here is a good article which outlines why somebody like Stan Kroenke will hold on to Arsenal and drive them into mediocrity in chase of the almighty dollar – here.
Now I don’t know about you, but the idea of being in that competition with basically no chance of winning it because the owner wants to do the bare minimum to keep his team in it, certainly does not fill me with any kind of long term excitement for the future of the game. It’s this sort of stuff that will put the vast majority of football fans off football and see a decline in domestic games, all to create a few super clubs that tourists with lots and lots of cash can afford to spend £200 a ticket to go to once a season when they’re on holiday.
Stan Kroenke is a parasite and will be the ruining of Arsenal football club. The time is coming where we are all going to have to make some sort of stand.
Are you ready for it to preserve The Arsenal, and football, that we all love and are obsessed by.
Do you know sir that I was thinking about this same issue yesterday of the danger arsenal is likely to face with the greedy owner we have running things at this illustrious club we all love. All of the hard work Arsenal has put in all this years is rapidly eroding away thanks to Mr. Kroenke. All you have said is spot on, we need more writers like to sleek more on this issue.
Totally agree its nearing the point when fans need to all send a strong hared message of discontent in his non input to invest funds in our club so we are back up where we belong the top three. Someone put a guideline plan of action that makes sense and gets heard world wide. RG
I’m afraid to say I very much agree with what’s been said in this article. We have slowly but surely been left behind by the best teams in Europe and we are in grave danger of doing the same thing in the Premier league. It fact its already started to happen, just by the sheer fact to compete with the best in our league in today’s market you have to spend money more than 40M lol.
Unless there are a bunch of wonder kids waiting in the wings from Arsenal’s youth that Freddie knows about we will slip further down the league next season.
To finish if would like to at least see a true leader on the pitch, something we have not had for a long time.
All you have to do is look at the smug look on Kroenke’s face every time he’s on camera, cos all I see is him thinking is “I’m a billionaire so up yours, I’m going nowhere until I’ve milked you dry”. Hill-Wood should never have sold our club to him,
All I can see when seeing photos of Kroenke is a smug SOB, who is basically saying to the camera, “I’m a billionaire and I can do what I like, so up yours”. Hill-Wood should never have sold our club to him, So now basically we’re stuck with him until he’s drained us dry or we can get someone who is richer than Kroenke to come in and outbid him. Does anyone know any oil Sheiks!!!
You are a liar. Kroenke is not the problem. Emery the buffoon is the manager. If you publish articles claiming that Kroenke is the problem, then you forfeit the privilege of being taken seriously on anything, including calling the British newspapers “rags,” because you are worse than they are — because you’re supposed to know better.
Wow. Just wow. I mean, if you think that under Stan Kroenke’s tenure he has been a good owner then please can I have some of the special sauce you’ve got. It’s potent. Kroenke is a massive problem and if you can’t see it then I afraid you are also part of the problem my friend. Be well.
Are you smoking, Emery is doing a great job considering the conditions he has inherited and now working under. Kronke is milking The Arsenal dry., putting nothing in. I do believe the man even used £100 million of the clubs money not his own to buy the remaining shares needed to own club outright. Taking the club into private ownership so as not to face critiscm from independant share holders. The Arsenal are one of the richest clubs in world football but only have £40 million to sprnd this summer, and they blame lack of Champions league , this is a lame excuse.
May be he has a plan of releasing money to Arsenal after he is dead.
My opinion is that season ticket fans should boycott matches by not buying tickets or attending match day games. This guy won’t learn until the true fan message is drilled into his head. This guy will never spend the type of money that will keep Arsenal in the top level club it deserves to be. Kronke is simply playing business with Arsenal, his prime desires are his American franchises. He knows nothing about football (which he calls soccer for crying out loud) and cares less about how the club fairs or the feelings of the true supporters.
I really do hope Kroenke is as greedy and mean as you make out Very happy KT will be staying with the hoops , hail hail
When the league starts, the best is for fans to boycott watching live marches.